Have you been feeling even more rushed and out of time than usual? You are not alone! My goodness! I have been cultivating my relationship with Time, and despite all that connection, Time has simply left me in the dust and gone on some sort of super light-speed sprint to somewhere I can't even see way off in the distance!
Last month we talked about Time and getting to know him (or her, as I prefer) a little better. It does seem so worth it as it is a relationship that can either nourish us or it can bring about great amounts of stress and frustration. Never ever try to beat time, he/she does not respond well to that at all! Instead, really allow yourself to see it as something that, at the very least, has 3 dimensions like the rest of us. We tend to treat it and perceive it as simply linear (2-D), when, indeed, it is infinite and therefore much more vast and expansive than our minds can truly comprehend. BUT we can dance with it a bit more gracefully if we allow ourselves to start thinking about it, playing with it, and treating it with more respect and awareness. Because it is such an important element, and time has, once more, appeared to have sped up, I thought it would be good to continue on this theme by exploring how the White Rabbit wrestles with Time. Maybe we could learn something from him that can help us in our own busy lives.
Are YOU ready to play?
The White Rabbit
“Oh, my ears and whiskers, how late it’s getting!”
While the White Rabbit is constantly running around, frantically trying to get to the Queen of Hearts’ croquet party, Alice has all sorts of adventures, and she still makes it to the party without any trouble. The White Rabbit doesn’t stop for one moment, and he doesn’t seem to be enjoying himself very much either. For all of the hurrying he’s doing, he doesn’t seem to be accomplishing much.
How is it that time is infinite, and yet so limited for us? Perhaps it is because we experience time, on this side of the looking glass, linearly. We seem to have to move through it as if it had a beginning and an end, one moment in front of another, in front of another. Maybe, too, this is why we rush through time so quickly. We are trying to use up as much of it as possible, since it seems there is a shortage of it in our linear thinking. It makes sense, then, if we treat time as though it is linear, with a beginning and an end, that rushing through it, will bring us, more quickly, to the end of our time. That seems a bit counter-productive, wouldn’t you say?
This attempt at trying to use up as much time as possible, curiously, is the same thing that makes it feel as though there is never enough of it. Instead of trying to skip ahead in the time line to have enough of it, the key to finding the endless nature of time, just maybe, is to be as still as possible, experiencing time, not linearly, but as a vast, expansive and limitless moment without end.
If you consciously invite time into your experience, and spend some time getting to know it, you might be able to have your way with it. The act of meditation itself, especially at first, is an exercise in transmuting our experience of time. How long 3 minutes can seem when all there is to do is breathe and sit, and let our thoughts go! That is one purpose of meditation, to be able to experience the vastness of time. If we had limitless time, we could achieve anything, and it is in the precious, undiluted moments of complete stillness that time stops and we become limitless.
Are you trying to cram too much into every moment? Or, are you finding yourself trying to move through the moments of your life too quickly to get to the next? If so, this card is telling you that it is essential for you to stop each day to just sit with time and get to know it, one-on-one, and create a personal relationship with it, so that you may be able to work with time to accomplish manifesting your dreams. Time can be your greatest ally, if you’ve put the effort into getting to know how it operates.
Meditation #1 Sit comfortably with a straight spine. Allow your whole being to experience time, with no beginning and no end. Imagine the costume, the imaginary persona we have placed on time, as limited and finite, coming off to reveal the pure, nakedness of time, which, without measure, becomes existence. Allow yourself to continue to sink deeper and deeper into this experience, and allow yourself to become lost in this moment. As you come back into this reality, make note of how much linear time has passed.
Meditation #2 Sit comfortably with a straight spine, noticing the time before you close your eyes. Just focus on the breath. As a thought might come up to distract you, allow it to slip away. If you notice that you’ve gotten caught up in a thought, gently return to the breath. As soon as you have been able to really dwell with the breath, without any other thoughts, allow yourself to enjoy this space for as long as possible. Before you open your eyes, make a guess at how long you were sitting and see how close it is to the actual time.
You can also see the White Rabbit as a catalyst or a gatekeeper into the otherworldly. He is the first Wonderland creature Alice sees as she falls asleep and down the rabbit hole and into her dream journey. This card may have appeared to let you know that you are not in an ordinary place in your life. A new world of wonder may await you if you can only take the time to venture into its open door (or open hole as the case may be).
Meditation #3: Sit comfortably, maybe with some soothing music and making sure you will not be disturbed, and allow yourself see a place in your mind that is in nature. Allow yourself to connect with some sort of animal guide, and let him/her/it know that you are looking for passage into your own Wonderland, and allow the adventure to begin. Notice how you pass into this place, and as you arrive, ask your guide to help you get where you need to go. Do you encounter anyone or anything interesting along the way? What is your destination? What do you do in this place? Do you have any special powers, abilities or insights while you are here? Notice the weather, colors, sounds, and feelings as you visit. When you are done exploring, let your animal guide know you would like to return back into the ordinary world, and take your journey back. Do some journaling when you return and record everything you remember. You can continue to connect with this Wonderland through your dreams, keeping a dream journal to write in when you wake up in the morning.
Strengths: Sensitivity, Energy, Motivation, Catalyst for Change.
Challenges: Impatience, Rushed actions, Lack of presence, Reacting to fear
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